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Prarrie Home Companion
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Matt    Posted 07-30-2003 at 05:16:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am glad that the big goverment
program (NPR) brings us Quality shows like
A Prarrie Home Companion every saturday.
what commercial radio station is going to bring us music by people like Doc Watson and young musicians that have been inspired by people like Bill Monroe?

David Otto    Posted 02-01-2006 at 17:04:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What the hell are you doing with the Website? I am trying to find and listen to the show from last Saturday. I have spent 5 -10 minutes looking for it and all I see is places to buy a book or buy a.... Have you joined the George Bush crowd in the belief that making money any way you can is the only way to go?

Garrison: you have ENOUGH money. So do I. Let's get on with living in a way that makes it easy for everyone to get what they want. That includes not only the poor, but also us poor listeners who missed the show last Sat.


Les    Posted 07-30-2003 at 13:48:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins were around long before NPR. NPR is fine but just don't try to tell me it's not biased to the left. Red Dave, you've got it right.
Garrison Keillor is very talented and entertaining. When he starts making political commentary, he gets shut off by me. He's as lib as they come.
Listen to Daniel Shorr (?sp?) some time and then tell me with a straight face that he ever voted for a Republican. Or Cokie Roberts or Mara Liasson or.........
Remember the TV show "Roots"? Didn't need the gubbermint to get that out to the public, did we? And that, IMHO, was one of the best things ever on TV. I watched that over and over.

Don't leave out...    Posted 07-30-2003 at 17:43:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lonesome Dove...

Got the VHS box set for $5 last summer unopened at the flea market...

I can watch it forever (or at least till the tapes wear out)...

I Swear...


MattCT    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I only listen to NPR for 2 programs, Prarie Home Companion and Car talk. And I would listen to them even if i had to pay for it, seeing as i bought a few CDs of the News from Lake Wobegon and Car Talk.And i don't listen to any other programs on NPR so i have no opinion on them but i would think they are all pretty good.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-30-2003 at 06:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Garrison Keillor came up here once when we ran the motel - really tall fella and very kind.
They put on a breakfast show in the auditorium
and i'll tell ya - soon as he grabbed the mike and started telling about throwing rotten tomatoes at his sister, everybody forgot
what time it was :)
The Keillor and Allebach families were originally sent here from Pennsylvania
in an effort to convert the local "Jack Pine Savages" into Mennonites. Trouble was, we already HAD churches. They had a basement church east of Huntersville and we went to Bible School there. After about 10 years they made a trip back to Pennsylvania and were excommunicated for getting too modern. Clyde & Verna Allebach are the only original Mennonite couple left here and his hobby is repairing bicycles for needy kids. But you're right - i DO digress :)

Eva Allebach    Posted 10-22-2006 at 20:42:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm quite familiar with Clyde and Verna Allebach. They are my parents and are still living and in good health. The Keillor's you are referring to are Ted and Martha Keillor from Harrisonburg, VA, no longer living. They were mission workers along with my parents during and after WWII. They lived on a farm East of Menahga, MN.

Red Dave    Posted 07-30-2003 at 06:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there truly was a demand for it, some commercial syndicator would supply it and pay for it with advertising revenue.
As it is, it's the government confiscating my tax dollars to pay for NPR to promote their agenda.

Matt    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:50:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How does evrybody feel about public libraries?

Mike D.    Posted 07-30-2003 at 06:23:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have enjoyed NPR for decades. I don't recall hearing a government aggenda being pushed, promoted, or forwarded in any fashion. Call me dense, but could you give an example?

As for the 'flavor' of their news reporting, it has liberal leaning. I try to get news from several sources, including the BBC, MSNBC, CNN,
and NPR. I listen to Rush, and others when I can.

NPR is a terrific public supported entertainment.
I will always remember Chet Atkins as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion. I like that vet named Baxter, and those specials - The Civil War by Ken Burns and his group.

I can't sell NPR short.

Red Dave    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
"As for the 'flavor' of their news reporting, it has liberal leaning."
"NPR gets a whole lot of $$$ from folks like me and you,"
"I just wish that NPR news was less bias."
"NPR is a terrific public supported entertainment."
My points exactly.

Why should my tax dollars go to biased news reporting?
Why should my tax dollars pay for your entertainment?
The answers:
They should not.

More questions:
Am I responsible for entertaining you?
Is entertainment a responsibility of government?
Is news reporting (with or without bias) the responsibility of government?
The answers:

Mike D.    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:55:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good points all... BUT- I'm not giving up on NPR just because you don't want to entertain me. LOL!

As for the responsibility of the government, well, that topic could run on, but not on my dime. Just wondering, do you benefit from any other government programs? You better believe you do...

Red Dave    Posted 07-30-2003 at 16:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of course I benefit from certain government programs.
That does not mean that the government has any business confiscating my hard earned dollars so that NPR can provide entertainment for a very few who happen to like what NPR thinks they should listen to.
Let NPR pay for itself and I wouldn't care what it offered. I just don't want to be forced to pay for it, like it or not.

Paula    Posted 07-30-2003 at 05:49:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love NPR. I cackle like a fool listening to PHC. I get
most of my news from them - I appreciate a different
perspective. Don't always agree with their
commentaries but I have a lot more respect for their
news gathering than network news. My radios are set
to them. And I am a member of my local public radio.

Mike D. not exactly    Posted 07-30-2003 at 05:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
NPR gets a whole lot of $$$ from folks like me and you, not to mention the grants that corporate America dolls out. I just wish that NPR news was less bias.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-30-2003 at 05:38:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
UHHHH,,, any commercial station that could find enough listeners to attract an advertising base??
I'm thinking that perhaps we could all buy CD,s a whole lot cheaper than the tax funding required by NPR.
If it's worth hearing people will buy it, if not tax dollars will supply it!

access-:thats it-    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:28:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is the idea behind NPR as I've seen it. Not everyone has a CD player. Knowone that knows me would think of calling me a liberal, but I support NPR on the merits I mentioned above. The very nature of it's broadcast offerings is broad in scope. No laugh tracks, and the usual mindlessness seen on the networks these days.
If it makes folks think, then I'm all for it. The news is the only worrisome part of it for me.

But    Posted 07-30-2003 at 10:44:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not everyone has a radio either. Does that mean that the government should buy everyone a radio so they can listen to NPR?

sure-    Posted 07-30-2003 at 12:42:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
and how about a new baler, we sure could use one of them. Mike D.

Matt    Posted 07-30-2003 at 06:08:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like a bumber sticker Ron.
Like Friends don`t let friends vote Rebuplican.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-30-2003 at 06:41:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Exactly!! Kind of like Republicans don't make liberal democrats try to think for themselves.
I think you're getting the idea.

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